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1632 by Eric Flint (second edition)

I have read this book before. Actually, this was the third time I'd read it. Even so, I found it to be just plain fun to read. That's in spite of the fact that there is plenty of violence, which is sometimes a bit disturbing. The novel is set in Germany, during the Thirty Years War, after all. The premise of the book is that somehow, a small town in West Virginia is scooped out of it's place and time and deposited in the middle of Germany in the year 1631. Europe would never be the same!

Ring of Fire IV edited by Eric Flint

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Ring of Fire IV

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Eric Flint

It is sometimes hard to give an overall rating to a book that contains shorter works by several authors. This particular book was just plain fun from beginning to end. It is true that the novels do leave things out. They have to, in order to tell the story that is intended. Still, the novels have let us know that there is a whole world affected by the Ring of Fire, It is in these shorter works, and those in the Grantville Gazette where we find the rest of that world. All together, it makes the United States of Europe seem more and more like a real place, even though we can't visit there.

Rogue by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin

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Rogue

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Gail Z Martin and Larry N. Martin

A pretty good novella, with a couple of the most interesting characters in the Martins' steampunk series Mitch Storm and Jacob Drangosavich of the Department of Supernatural Investigations. This time, they are up against werewolves and a dark witch. As usual, their boss appears just long enough to give them a little grief. That makes me wonder whether the rest of the work of the department is easy stuff, because these guys get all the hard ones.

Spider Woman's Daughter (Leaphorn & Chee #19) by Anne Hillerman

This book is set in Tony Hillerman's Navajo Mystery Series settings. Anne Hillerman has picked up her father's work, and made it her own. While the original heroes are in this book, it is told mostly from the perspective of Bernadette Manualito, a female officer in the Navajo Nation Police Force, and the wife of fellow officer, Jim Chee. The central mystery of the novel appears early, when Bernie (her nickname) watches a stranger shoot a close friend, unable to stop it. Who was this person? Why was the crime committed?

Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer

Oh how I wish there were more than 5 stars to give to this book! In Quantum Night, Robert J. Sawyer explores the nature of consciousness. He suggests that scientists have not only discovered the physical and quantum underpinnings of consciousness, but also know how to change them. Along the way to the thrilling ending, we are treated to discussions of quantum physics, neuroscience, and philosophy. I found this book to be very hard to put down

Just finished Gail Z. Martin's Vendetta

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Vendetta

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Gail Z. Martin

For a month or so around the holidays, I was really suffering from the blues, and couldn't seem to focus on a book.

Then came the release of Vendetta by Gail Z. Martin. Wow! What an exciting book. It took me longer than I expected to finish it, because I learned quickly that reading it near bedtime was a bad idea. After I read a chapter or two, I'd be very excited, and not able to sleep. This evening, I started to get to the climax of the novel, and I could not put it down.

New books in November (so far)

Here's how my TBR pile and lists grow. There are so many interesting books, and I want them all!

So this is what's been added to my library recently.

From Amazon:

An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes edited by A. C Thompson
Resurrection Day (A Storm and Fury Adventure Book 1) by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin
This is a short story in the same world as their novel Iron and Blood

Loosed upon the World: The Saga Anthology of Climate Fiction edited by John Joseph Adams

Ancilary Mercy by Ann Leckie

Wow! Every bit as brilliant as the first two novels in the series. I don't know what I can say without spoilers, but if you liked the first two, this is a worthy end to the trilogy. We learn even more about all the characters, old and new. The complexities of the Radch Empire make for an exciting story, but the empire is, of course, filled with people, who all have their own agendas.

Sword & Sorceress 30 Elizabeth Waters, ed.

I always find it hard to review anthologies. As usual, this one was a mixed bag, although I liked more stories than I disliked. Disliked is probably the wrong word. There was no story I didn't want to finish, but there were a couple that just did not grab me. Still, it was a good batch of stories overall. Now, these stories all had a female character as the protagonist, but that does not mean that all the men were bad guys. Not by a long shot. The women who the stories are based on are not the standard for women in their societies.

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